DBT Funded Training Programme


19-22 MARCH 2019

Organized by: Bioinformatics Center
ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Reseach
Kozhikode, Kerala

In collaboration with: Dept. of Genomic Science
Central University of Kerala
Kasaragod, Kerala

Funded by: Dept. of Biotechnology
Ministry of Science and Technology
Govt. of India

Important dates

Online registration ends on : 28 Feb. 2019
Intimation to selected candidates on : 5 Mar. 2019
Acceptance of reg. fees ends on : 10 Mar. 2019


Metagenomics is the study of genetic material recovered directly from any environmental samples to explore the diversity, function, and ecology of microbial communities. It has diverse applications ranging from microbial proteins in biotechnology to microbes supporting plant growth, nutrient recycling in agriculture. The metagenomics field is growing rapidly with the recent advances in sequencing technologies. However, data is generated faster than users are able to share, analyze and interpret. In order to address this issue, the Bioinformatics Centre, ICAR-IISR is organizing a short-term training program “Bioinformatics for Metagenome Data Analysis” during 19-22 March 2019. This is the seventh in the Next Generation Sequence Data Analysis Training (NGSDAT) series the Centre is organizing with the financial support of Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi.

This training program will cover different steps in metagenomics analysis from data retrieval, quality control, filtering, assembly/clustering to taxonomic classification, functional assignment, comparative metagenomics and applications of metagenomics derived research. A substantial part of the training program will be devoted to hands-on experience with bioinformatics resources and tools relevant in metagenomics data analysis. Topics will be delivered using a mixture of lectures (20%), practical sessions (60%) and open discussions (20%). Practical work during the course will use small example datasets, but it is possible to work on your personal data.


  • An overview of the metagenomics – principles, methods and instrumentation
  • An overview of software tools, workflows for analysis and interpretation of metagenomics datasets
  • Metagenome assembly, binning, and extracting genomes from metagenomes
  • Taxonomic and functional annotation of metagenomic data Designing appropriate microbiomefocused experiments
  • Appropriate statistical analysis of metagenomics datasets


Post graduates, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and scientists who are doing or planning to start research on metagenomics.


Interested candidates are requested to apply through online application form available at the "Register" link on the top menu of this website or click here. Selected candidates will be intimated through e-mail and they have to send the registration fee along with the nomination letter from head of the institution by the prescribed date.


ICAR employees & students₹ 2000/-
University/State/Central Govt employees & students₹ 2500/-
Others₹ 3000/-

Registration fees are inclusive of training kit, refreshment and a working lunch on all training days. Expenses on travel, boarding and lodging should be borne by the sponsoring institution. Registration fees can be paid as DD/cheque drawn in favour of 'ICAR Unit - IISR' or through online (State Bank of India, Kozhikode Main Branch, IFSC: SBIN0000861 A/c No. 30302810771)

Accommodation can be arranged on request in “Sougandhikam” the scientist hostel of the institute. For details visit :


Bioinformatics Centre

The Bioinformatics Centre at IISR, under the Biotechnology Information System Network (BtisNet) programme of DBT was started in January 2000 to focus on spices research. The Centre is known for its sound training programmes and the pioneering initiatives in Agri-bioinformatics. The Centre has excellent class rooms, computer lab and high performance computing (HPC) facility for NGS data analysis.


The Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), Kozhikode (Calicut) is a constituent body of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and is a major Institute devoted to research on spices. Established in 1975 as a Regional Station of CPCRI, it was upgraded to full-fledged institute in 1995. It is located in Kozhikode (Calicut) district of Kerala

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